In the last few years Pvris have become one of the need to know bands, their dark electro-pop sound is instantly engaging. To celebrate the release of their new album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell Pvris have are headed down to Australia in June 2018 for their first ever headline tour. We caught up with Pvris vocalist Lynn Gunn ahead of the tour to talk about their new album and the tour.

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Firstly how’s 2018 for you so far? Was playing Coachella a highlight?

Lynn Gunn
2018 has been pretty great, not going to lie. The highlight was definitely Coachella. I remember founding out we were booked when we were over in Europe and everybody was freaking out on the bus celebrating. It was cool to finally get to play it.

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Huge congrats on your newest album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. You must be stoked with how it turned out and the response from fans?

Lynn Gunn
Definitely yeah, the record was difficult to make but I am super proud of it. All of us really love it. It was definitely a work load to get it out a lot of weird stuff happened in the process. It’s been a blast touring off of it and playing songs off of it. I’m still very much stoked on all the songs from it.

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When you finished recording the new album was it a completely different feeling to finishing your first album?

Lynn Gunn
I feel like both records never had a final stamp of ok this is done. There’s this funny quote I might quote it wrong but it’s something along the line of art is never finished it’s abandoned. I feel like with both records it was like that. We had been scheduled for a certain amount of time but still ended up sneaking our way back into the studio to do extra things. That was the case with White Noise and All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell.

We recorded in upstate New York a town called Utica and we had about two or three months there. Then once we finished up there Blake our producer and I still had to do a bunch of vocals, harmonies and a lot of the programming. So we worked on it for another two months out in Brooklyn. Then I literally couldn’t be around because we had tour schedules from then on. So he had to do a big haul on the rest of it, getting the mixing done. It was finished over time in between tours.

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One of my favourite tracks from the new album is “What’s Wrong”. Was it fun shooting the video for that song?

Lynn Gunn
It was so fun. That was the most people we have ever had on a set. We had a choreographer and dancers and extras. We’ve never had a shoot to that degree before it was so fun. I’ve never been taught dance choreography before. I had a whole day or rehearsals with the two dancers that are in the hallway with me, then at the chairs with the boys and I. We shot it in this haunted castle in upstate California. So it was kind of amazing just spending the whole day there and trying to learn something new, pushing myself to do something that was completely out of my comfort zone. It was really fun.

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You’ve been to Australia before but you must be pretty excited because this time you will be headlining?

Lynn Gunn
Yes this will be our third time down there I believe. I’m excited that we finally get to put on our own show. It’s crazy going overseas because you never have a way to gage what’s going on or if people are engaged in your music. When you finally get to go over and headline that’s your chance to see it. I’m a little nervous but I’m mostly excited to see the response.

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What was it like working with Australia’s own Tonight Alive on their new song “Disappear”?

Lynn Gunn
It was so fun. Pvris and Tonight Alive have been good friends for quite a few years now since we toured with them and Mayday Parade. We just all instantly clicked. Jen and I always keep in touch on the road. We had always talked about writing a song together and we finally were in the same place at once with studio access. We were rehearsing in Nashville, her in Whakaio at the time were working on demos and writing for their record. Then we got together for a day and all wrote it. It was a very fun day.

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Tonight Alive actually played a headline show in Sydney a few days ago. They had an awesome female fronted support act called Aviva. Have you heard of Aviva or do you get a chance to check out up and coming other female fronted artists?

Lynn Gunn
I haven’t heard of Aviva but I’m always on the lookout for new artists. I just got connected with this band in USA called The Aces. They reached out to our management and wanted to establish a relationship. They are great, they kind of sound like The 1975 meets Haim meets Mona. The Aces are four chicks and are super talented, they just put their first record out. Some other artists who I back 100% I’ll give you three shout outs because they are all really good friends of mine, amazing humans and incredibly talented.
K Flay, Flint Eastwood and Donna Missal, they are all absolutely amazing and the real deal, incredibly talented and wonderful people.

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Do you remember what it was like the first time you came to Australia? Did you think it would just be koalas and kangaroos everywhere?

Lynn Gunn
(laughs) I think I was expecting to see a little bit more dirt and desert for some reason. I think that’s just from watching national geographic. I was shocked at the combinations of architecture, depending on where you are with some of the cities there’s palm trees everywhere and also very English European architecture. I though that was really interesting, that’s something that totally surprised me.

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Lastly when you play “My House” live do you kind of transcend yourself then just become one with the song?

Lynn Gunn
I feel like “My House” is such a crazy song every night. It’s one of those that I really just try and give to the crowd and let them sing as much as they possibly can and as loud as they can. The boys and I just try and have as much fun as possible. It just feels like a big party on stage when we play “My House”.

(interview by Christian Ross)

 

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